Friendship Brandied Fruit Starter and Cake Recipes

by Margielynn

Brandied fruit is fruit that is soaked in brandy and sugar, it is used as a topping on pies, pound cake, ice cream, and in cake mixes.

Brandy is distilled from fermented fruit it has been around since about the 12th century.

Brandied fruit is so delicious, there are many ways you can serve it once it is fermented!

Brandied fruit is used in cake mixes drizzled over ice cream, pies, and pound cake or any way you can think of to enjoy it.

It makes a wonderful gift to share for any occasion. Place in a pretty jar, attach a ribbon and a tag giving ways they can serve it!

My mom gave a starter of the Friendship Brandied Fruit and the Amish Friendship Bread! They both are so good, I love doing anything with cooking!
Have fun, share and enjoy!

Look for a spot in your kitchen to keep the jar at room temperature.You can find at Walmart a large jar or crock for making your brandied fruit. You do need to give it care and feeding daily which only takes a minute or two.

Friendship Brandied Fruit  Starter
Friendship Brandied Fruit Starter

Friendship Brandied Fruit Starter and Cake Recipes

Prep time 20 min  -  Total time 524 min
Ingredients for 6 servings
Brandied Fruit takes 21 days to ferment and yields 6 cups.
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


  • 1-20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1-16-ounce can peach slices, drained
  • 1-10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1-17-ounce apricot halves
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups brandy


  1. Drain the juice from all the fruit.
  2.  In a clean, large glass jar or crock combine all of the ingredients
  3. Using a wooden spoon gently stir. You may use apricot or peach brandy if you desire.
  4.  Let the brandied fruit stand a room temperature for three weeks, stir it at least twice a week.
  5.  When the fruit becomes translucent, you will know the fruit is fermented.

Care and Feeding Brandied Fruit

  1. Feed every two weeks by adding one cup of sugar and one cup of different fruit each time, gently stir with wooden spoon.
  2.  Cover, let sit at room temperature three days before using.
  3.  To maintain your starter keep at least three cups at all times.

Sharing the Brandied Fruit Starter

  1. When you have more than six cups of the brandied fruit, you can divide into two portions, making sure there are three cups in each portion.
  2. This should be done before you would do a normal feeding.
  3. Feed each three cup portion, give one three cup portion to a friend with the care and feeding directions and keep the other three cup portion for yourself.

Friendship Fruit Cake Recipe
Friendship Fruit Cake Recipe

Friendship Cake with Brandied Fruit Starter

Prep time 20 min  -  Total time 80 min
Ingredients for 24 servings
The servings depends on what size the pieces are cut into!
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


  • 1-18.25-ounce package yellow or white cake mix
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-4-ounce package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1cup nuts, chopped
  • cup coarsely chopped brandied fruit


  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix by hand, do not use an electric mixer.
  2. Prepare a bundt or tube pan by greasing and flouring well. Place the batter into the pan.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
  4. You may double the recipes and it will make three 5 x 9-inch loaf pans. I would check the loaves at 45 minutes to see if they are done, may take the whole hour!

Tips From Margielynn

  • The loaves make awesome gifts for Christmas, Thanksgiving or any occasion. You can bake in thedisposable loaf pans and add some special touches with decorations and you have a lovely gift!
  • If you do not like mixed fruit, just use one kind of fruit if you like!


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Have you made Brandied fruit starter?

I have made it before and it is delicious!

Friendship Cake Without Cake Mix Recipe

Prep time 30 min  -  Total time 90 min
Ingredients for 15 servings
The number of servings depends on the size of the slice you cut!
Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups brandied fruit
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brandied fruit juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar, beat well.
  2. Add the next six ingredients, beat well.
  3. Add the eggs and chopped brandied fruit. Stir into the batter.
  4. Add the juice and chopped pecans, mix well.
  5. Place the batter into a well greased and floured Bundt pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
  7. Let cake cool in the pan for ten minutes, remove from pan.

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Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn 11 days ago

Hi Derdriu

The sugar is all I know about using, you could use walnuts, almonds or whatever you like to replace pecans. It is so yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

DerdriuMarriner 13 days ago

Margielynn, Very, very nice! Is there an alternative to sugar for caring and feeding the brandied fruit starter? Is honey a possibility? What would you recommend as a substitute for pecans that wouldn't compromise look, taste and texture?

Veronica on 09/30/2017

Thanks for this. I had been thinking about giving brandied peaches as Christmas gifts this year although Frank will have his favourite smoked fish pate.No surprises there.

Ty for tis. It is a great help.

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